Neverending History of the Use of Vaccines Derived from Aborted Infants. Part II: Moral Evaluation in the Light of the Principle of Double Effect and Encyclicals Veritatis Splendor and Evangelium Vitae

  • René Balák University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius,Faculty of Arts
Keywords: moral evaluation; mandatory vaccination; papal magisterium; bonum; abortion; vaccines


Repeated moral revaluation of mandatory vaccination with vaccines derived from aborted children from a theological angle of view is necessary considering the increasing timeliness of the issue. The principle of double effect, along with the Tomist concept of moral analysis of human action, is an adequate way of moral evaluation of this bioethical dilemma facing Catholic parents. The papal Magisterium of the chosen encyclicals provides a complementary methodological and meritory basis for respecting the unborn human life as well as the doctrinal key for moral evaluation of concerned subjects' behavior.


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